I always had my money on tireless Variety deputy editor Littleton to succeed Gray at Variety, a move that is long overdue. I worked with her at THR, when she moved from television editor to editor-in-chief before Bart lured us both to Variety in 2007. Clearly, Littleton played a better game of survivor than I did. I succumbed to layoffs in 2009 which also hit reporter Ben Fritz, who now writes for The Wall Street Journal, and later, Todd McCarthy and David Rooney, critics at THR.
Littleton started out at United Press International and went on to Broadcasting & Cable magazine before joining Variety and then THR. She just published "TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet," the definitive account of the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike, and also co-authored with Susanne Daniels "Season Finale: The Unexpected Rise and Fall of the WB Network and UPN."
Variety TV editor Wallenstein joined Variety in 2011 from THR, where he covered TV and tech for eight years. Wallenstein has contributed commentary for NPR's "All Things Considered" and has hosted TV Guide Channel's "Square Off." He has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia and has taught undergrad journalism courses at several universities.